This study explored whether healthcare professionals would be more likely to promote or recommend use of nature-based health projects if there was a quality assurance system to show that they conformed to common standards of planning and delivery. Whilst most providers of such projects welcomed the opportunity to reassure referrers that they have robust operating practices, views from the health sector were mixed. The study showed that limited awareness of local projects was the main barrier to healthcare professionals recommending their use, and concluded that improved information provision and greater understanding of the health benefits of connecting people and nature were more likely to influence health professionals' practice at this stage.
Publication 2018 - NatureScot Research Report 1047 - Development of a quality assurance - kite marking system for nature-based health projects and programmes
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